Many know me, but don’t know who I am. I started this blog to allow people to take a look at my life and the way I think. Who knows, you may just fall in love with me! Haha. Shall we begin?!
“Ummm, no, that’s actually not the reason why!”
Hi, my name is ... who?! My name is … what?! My name is ... *record scratch* Stefanie Gilbreath!!
Let’s scratch the surface a little bit. I’m a daughter, sister, auntie, the goofy friend, and the girl next door trying to accomplish as many goals as possible. I was born and raised in Katy, Texas but most people think I’m from Los Angeles since I spent a good amount of time out there in high school. I was a McDonald’s All-American and a Nike All-American. I won a gold medal with the USA U18 team when I was 17 and I went into college as one of the top athletes in the nation. Now, this is where the plot thickens.
Once I got into college, I was plagued with injuries and I was forced to see what life was about without basketball. Given the fact that I was, 1) attending the University of Southern California; 2) in the middle of LA, and, 3) a top athlete coming into the city. Let’s just say, life got crazy! I was soon put on academic probation and life was slowly but surely going in the wrong direction. After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in my knee for the third time, I decided to make a change for the better and get my life together. At that time, my sister and I lived together, so she helped get me on a good meal plan in order to slim down.
At the same time, my physical therapists at USC, John Meyer and Sandy Olson, stayed on me about continuing my training. I went on to play my senior year and a fifth year, and I graduated on time with a degree in human performance. After being granted a sixth year, I did the unthinkable and decided to transfer to New Mexico State, start my master’s degree in communications and played one more year. That proved to be the best decision I could have made for myself. I needed to refocus and regain control of my life. I was blessed to have the chance to play professionally even after suffering a multitude of injuries including four ACL reconstructions — ugh! I went on to play in Portugal and Germany, but I decided to cut my professional years short and retired but not for the reasons people thought. Yes, I still and will always love basketball, but it was my time to go.
"Give it your all"
If I know I’m not giving 100 percent of myself to something, then I can’t continue to do it. Basketball was no exception. My parents made it a point to let my sister and I know that “Basketball is not who you are, it’s what you do.” I took that to heart and said, “adios.”
My physical condition had nothing to do with that. I learned how to keep my body in the best shape possible and at that point, I was injury-free and entering into my largest professional basketball contract. The next phase of my life was the definition of taking a leap of faith. I left a world that I was comfortable with in order to start a new life.
I was interning with my parents’ advertising agency, Gilbreath Communications, Inc., two years before retiring, so I immediately started working with them full time. Contrary to my belief, I actually enjoyed working in the advertising/marketing realm. Fast forward a year later: my sister and I decided to start a meal prep company, Power Portions Meal Prep, based off the return we got from our food blog. That took off way faster than we thought it would!! We’re currently revamping the company and looking forward to officially launching Power Portions. Needless to say, I was blessed to have a pretty smooth transition from basketball to corporate life and entrepreneurship, but I still needed something for me.
Which brings us here. Somehow, I managed to work full time, start a company, find time for friends and family, travel, stay healthy, and do pretty much whatever I could possibly fit into 24 hours and 365/366 days. I’ve been asked over and over again, questions such as, “What do you do? How do you have time to do this? What restaurant was that? Who’s that trainer?” So, I figured I may need to get back into blogging.
I’ve always loved blogging/vlogging! I had two other blogs in college that I enjoyed. I loved that I had a platform to speak on whatever topic I wanted to and put my own touch on it. So, I started another one! This time not as specific and purely based off my life, how I live my life, and my opinions! Sounds like a good time to me!!
I know it seems like I’m all over the place because I am and I embrace that. I live life to the fullest, love hard, find my calm in the midst of the madness, and praise my lord and savior Jesus Christ for waking me up every day to do it all again.